Pensioners in the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance to come to their aids.
The group in a protest in Lagos Wednesday accused the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) of the non-payment of N3 billion pension arrears to its members and been non-callant to their plights.
Patrick Ogobuegwu, President of the NNSL Pensioners Welfare Association (PWA), said the entitlements are made up of five years pensions arrears, including 33 per cent of payment made in 2008.
The retirees accused PTAD of foot dragging in its assignment of carrying out due diligence and verification and inclusion of the pensioners in the monthly payroll.
Ogobuegwu said PTAD has continued to play on their intelligence, without pitying of their hardship and difficult living conditions. He revealed that over 200 of their members have died while waiting for their entitlements.
The NNSL ex-workers said 28 months after President Buhari approved their re-instatement to pension payroll in September 2016, it took 20 months for their files to be moved from Lagos to Abuja, and another 10 months after the Federal Ministry of Finance had directed PTAD to verify and pay them their entitlements on April 19, 2018.
“NNSL is the fore runner among other parastatals liquidated and the pensioners’ strength is currently about 800, with a total estimate of pension arrears of about N3 billion,” the pensioners said. olor